Laurel senior Evan Long was the No. 7 qualifier from the WPIAL tournament to advance to the PIAA 2A Western Regional this past Monday at Blairsville's Tom's Run Golf Course.
If there was anything lacking in his game at the District championship, he regained it Monday as he finished in a tie for top honors with Quaker Valley senior Chris Tanabe. Each shot 1-over-par rounds of 73, and their finishes forced a playoff.
Long defeated Tanabe on the first hole, and both have qualified for the PIAA 2A championship next week at York's Heritage Hills Resort. The two-day event begins Monday and winds up the following day.
Three other West-area golfers have qualified for the PIAA 2A championship. They are McGuffey senior Colin Chapman, WPIAL champion Skyler Fox of Riverside and McGuffey's Hunter Donahue.